That's all we can say. Wow. We've been freakin' blown away. Our lives may
be changed. Maybe forever. Maybe just for today. We're not sure. But we
think we've glimpsed the future.
Sure, sure, sure...what kinda' bullhockey are we feedin' you tonight. OK.
We do sometimes have a tendancy to get a bit , err, exhuberant once in a while. Maybe its the coffee. Maybe its a result
of getting dropped on our collective heads as children. Maybe its a result
of those special chemical supplements we occasionally avail ourselves of.
Whatever. But we're really, really excited about our new Brain.
Our new Brain? Yeah-- we're sure
that sometimes you suspect if we've got one at all. That's understandable.
But we're not talking'bout that lump of barely-wrinkled grey matter
floating in our skulls. Nope, we're talking about THE Brain, one of the
coolest new info-organizing concept we've had in a long, long time.
What's The Brain? Hmmmm...kinda hard to categorize. In its own way its a
bookmark manager. But that's just the beginning. Its kinda sorta a file
manager. But only partway. It could be used as a media manager, but then
you'd be missing a BIG part of its functionality. Maybe an organizer...hmmmm...not
The closest we can come to
describing what this skull-poppin' new...err...user interface (cognitive
map? data gathering tool?) is that it's an accessory that organizes all
the data in your life-- bookmarks, files, graphics, notes, dates, etc. --
into a dataspace that works the way you think.
Using strange new stuff like "thoughts" and "plexes"
and "parents" and "children," The Brain allows you to
gather information and link it in ways that make sense to you. You can
browse the info, follow the links, share your maps, explore their
associations, and generally just surf your thoughts as they come-- on the
Web or off.
Cool, huh? We really think so. The thing that gets us so jacked about The
Brain is that it finally moves the computer into a realm where the
interface stops being some stupid metaphor for the physical world and
starts acting like the mental world. What program a document's created in
ceases to be as important as what's in the document-- a huge leap forward
when you really grok the difference. Information-- no matter where its
stored-- starts to come together in closely linked relationships. Instead
of your jottings being thousands of little files in folders on your hard
drive they become nodes in a Web of your own thought. We're hooked.
Go check it out for yourself. Give it a chance. We think that The Brain is
a stunning glimpse into what your computer is to become in the future. At
least we hope so.
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